Start with clean hands, unwrap and knead clay until soft and smooth, or condition by running clay though a Pasta Machine. We recommend using a designated machine for clay purposes only. When working with multiple colors, clean hands with soap and water or baby wipes (we have found that baby wipes work best) before switching colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces firmly together. Wash hands after use.
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake clay on an oven-proof surface such metal, aluminum foil, an index card or the Sculpey® Clay Mat at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) thickness according to package directions. Oven safe glass or ceramic surfaces are also acceptable for baking; however please note that the baking times may take longer as the glass or ceramic surfaces take longer to heat up. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME
Using the 18” gauge jewelry wire cut two 2 ½ inch pieces. Bend them in half pinch at the bottom and turn so that it makes a Y.
Cover them both with Sculpey III Chocolate using just enough clay to cover the Y.
Using the aluminum foil, rip off 10 inches fold in four and roll your tree it should no more than 3 ½ (cut off any excess) make one branch 1 inch long.
Cover with Sculpey III Tan clay. Using the Sculpey Style & Detail Tools make lines and then smooth out by rubbing lightly with your finger.
Using a small piece of Sculpey III Tan run it through the Sculpey conditioning machine on 1 then cut three ¼ squares. Make small checker board lines with Sculpey Style & Detail Tools, then press the rubber stamps to spell the word JOY.
Bake the arms, tree, and square letters, following baking temperature. When they have cooled, next paint staining antiquing medium to the tree and square, proceed to wipe it off with a paper towel.
Sculpey III White is 1 1/8 ball size, making the top smaller and using the Sculpey Style & Detail Tools to make the shape of the head.
Make a smile and mark where the nose will be added by pushing down with the tool to make a groove, add a dab of Sculpey Bake & Bond.
Sculpey III Sweet Potato nose should be ¼ ball size, and twisted. Make two very tiny balls of Sculpey III Black for the eyes.
Add the arms to the snowman using Sculpey Bake & Bond
White clay base 1 ¾ wide and ¼ thickness add snowman on the left side half way from the front. Small amounts of log shapes around the snowman using the detail tools push down and smooth out, to make it look like drifting snow.
Add the tree on the right side, closer to the back. Make a white ball 5/8 and Sculpey Bake & Bond to the bottom of the tree and push it into the ball. Push the clay around tree and smooth it out using the detail tools.
For the bird you will need Premo Alizarin Crimson Hue three 1/8 ball two will be for the wings one for top feathers. Body size 5/8 ball, shape like a triangle with rounded edges. Wings flat triangle with rounded edges on the bottom. Top feather should look like a V pushed on top of the head with a detail tool.
For the eyes add two white 1/8 balls, flatten to make an egg shape. The beak is a 1/8 ball of Premo Ecru flattened triangle.
Put a groove at the bottom of the bird so that he will sit on the branch with easy add some Sculpey Bake & Bond.
The project is ready to bake.
With a tiny dab of hot glue attach block letters to the floss.
Add floss to center of the arms with a tiny dab of hot glue, trim off excess floss.
Use the end of the paint brush to make a dot of white acrylic on the snowman’s eyes, (let dry) and then a smaller dot of black acrylic. (let dry) With a toothpick add one last dot. On the bird use the same process use brown acrylic, black acrylic, and white acrylic. Finish it off with snow paint.
Cut sock in a ¼ strip cut one end open, wrap around the snowman’s neck tie in a knot and cut to desired length.
Put E6000 glue on the bottom of the base and carefully insert into the ornament, add some artificial powdered snow.